Caffeine is naturally present in tea leaves but it can be removed. The carbon dioxide (C02) “pressure cooker” method is the preferred way, because it uses no chemicals, is safest, and retains the greatest flavor and health benefits.

Here’s how it works: When placed under high pressure and high temperature the naturally occurring CO2 attracts the caffeine molecules. The CO2 and caffeine molecules are then filtered from the tea leaves. The process is costlier than other methods, but our teas – and our customers – are worth it.

Please note that no decaffeination process can render the tea leaves entirely caffeine-free; a small amount (no more than 2.5 percent of the original caffeine content) remains. By law that means less than 2.5 percent of the original caffeine content, or up to 2 mg of caffeine in a single 6-ounce serving of brewed tea.

Still, the tea leaves retain up to 92 percent of their original polyphenols, which are the health-enhancing antioxidants.

To avoid caffeine altogether, turn to one of our herbal blends. Their ingredients have no caffeine to begin with, so there’s nothing to remove or lessen. You can find herbal blends elsewhere on our website.

The exact caffeine content is never precise and depends on many factors, including brew time. But here are some general guidelines based on a 8-oz. (240mL) cup of brewed tea:

Black tea: 14-61 mg
Green tea: 24-40 mg
Black tea decaffeinated tea: 0-12 mg*

* Information provided by the Mayo Clinic.

Our green teas come from China, where tea’s origins have been traced back over 5,000 years. Black tea comes from India, which has its own rich tea history. Sri Lanka and Japan also are source countries. And rooibos (“red bush” in Afrikaans) tea (actually an herbal infusion) comes from South Africa. Many of the flowers and fruits used in Talbott Teas come from Egypt, Chile, Bulgaria, Germany, and Poland, and some fruits and our flavorings come from the USA. Cocoa nibs come from Peru.61 mg

Green tea: 24-40 mg
Black tea decaffeinated tea: 0-12 mg*

* Information provided by the Mayo Clinic.

We have a line of sachet cubes that are organic-certified. However we currently do not offer any teas that are kosher-certified.
Throughout the centuries, tea has been linked to unique healing properties and has been shown in modern times to contain high levels of antioxidants.
Our teas are calorie-free, as they contain only tea leaves, herbs, flowers and spices. But if you add any sweetener or dairy to your tea, you’ll pick up some calories.
The correct ratio of loose whole leaf tea is one heaping teaspoon, or 2.5 grams, per 6-oz. cup. Many teas make an excellent cup of tea when re-used for a second brew, especially green teas. But it’s best to brew only a second time and then discard.
Our tea sachets are not treated with any chemicals.
Natural flavors are often used to enhance the blend. These are extracts or concentrates that are naturally derived.

Artificial flavors are also known as bio-identical. This means the flavors were not derived from the original source, but they have the same molecular structure as the natural flavors.

We use premium quality to deliver the best possible tea experience to you. Many of the ingredients are uncommon or may be in short supply. All the ingredients are carefully handled to safeguard the quality Talbott demands. Our teas are worth the extra cost, and so are you.
Decaffeinated tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, but is processed to remove almost all of the naturally occurring caffeine. Herbal blends are generally made using herbs, spices, fruit and flowers, but no actual tea leaves, so no caffeine is present from the beginning.
All the types of actual tea are made with the same leaf from the Camellia sinensis plant. The leaves are harvested when they reach perfect maturity, and then selected for processing into black, green or white tea. Here’s a breakdown of the three types.

Black tea is the most thoroughly processed. The leaves are withered to remove water, rolled to release aromatic oils, oxidized to develop flavor, and then dried to seal in the flavor. Black tea contains about twice the caffeine of green tea.

With green tea, the oxidation step is skipped, and the leaves go straight to the firing process. The leaves are rolled into a variety of shapes depending on the type of tea, and gently dried to lock in the green color. White tea leaves, dried immediately into their final form, are the least processed.

All of our teas are gluten-free and contain no wheat, rye, barley, or oats.
We offer a selection of natural organic teas, marked as such on the package for your convenience. All six of our sachet cube blends are organic certified and made from only the finest ingredients.
The average shelf life of tea is 24 months from the date it is blended. But if tea has been properly stored in an airtight and light-proof container with low humidity, it should be OK to use well beyond the “best by” date on the package.
See our Where to Find Us section on the website to find where Talbott Teas is both sold and served.
Our tins of loose leaf tea blends range from 2-3 oz. and hold 25-30 servings in each tin. Depending on the flavor profile or the majority of ingredients in each blend, our teas are categorized as: green teas, black teas, herbal teas, fruit teas, spice teas, floral teas, and dessert teas.
The tea sachets in our 12-count boxes are all individually wrapped to ensure freshness and stability.